Sport and Exercise Physiology BSc (Hons) - Top-up

Sport and Exercise Physiology BSc (Hons) - Top-up

School of Sport and Wellbeing




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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    CB61; Short form: BSc/SEP3

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons) - Top-up

Why study this course?

Ever fancied working with elite athletes including players from Wigan Warriors RLFC, Bolton Wanderers FC and Burnley FC? This BASES endorsed course provides the opportunity to do just that as the practical aspect of the course is an integral part. As a student, you will have access to top class teaching equipment and facilities and will learn from teaching staff that have a wealth of applied experience in many fields, including strength and conditioning, environmental physiology, elite level performance, nutrition, biomechanics, and much more.

Entry Requirements

Pass FdSc with 40%/HND Pass overall in Sports Science or Sport & Exercise Science (Including research methods and substantial Physiology)

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Compulsory Modules

  • Advanced Methods in Performance Assessment and Conditioning
  • Current Topics in Population, Health and Exercise
  • Research Project (Double Module)

Optional Modules

  • Exercise Referral
  • Careers in Sport
  • Essentials of Sports Training and Conditioning
  • Sports Nutrition

Further Information

There has been a growth in the diversity and specialisation of sports and exercise science courses. The subject allows the application of scientific principles through four branches of science - biomechanics, physiology, psychology and interdisciplinary approaches. Specialising in sport and exercise physiology provides the scientific backup for training and performance. Sport and exercise physiologists will have a broad technical knowledge, allied to an excellent applied skills base. 

The course contains a balance between theoretical lectures, directed practicals and independent learning. The compulsory modules include Advanced Methods in Performance Assessment and Conditioning, Current Topics in Population, Health and Exercise as well as a Research Project which is a double module. You will then select from a variety of options. These include Exercise Referral, Careers in Sport, Sports Nutrition and Sports Training and Conditioning. The final project is the summation of all your skills and will involve up to 100 hours of laboratory time to undertake and review an original piece of research.

The course builds on the skills and strengths of the HND/C or FdSc holders to enable them to achieve degree level performance.

Course subject to change

This course is subject to formal course review and reapproval by the University as part of its normal cycle of regular review (a process called Periodic Review). Course information and programme specifications are updated and reviewed as part of this process and course structure and content may be changed to enable the University to deliver a better quality of educational experience to students. This can be in response to various factors including: student feedback; annual reports from external examiners; feedback from the sector or industry advisors or as part of the regular review process by course teams.

This process may well result in changes to the structure and content of the current course as outlined in this Handbook. Any changes made as a result of the process will be immediately included in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with revised versions prior to the commencement of their programme. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Apply Now

You can apply through Clearing now to start this September. Call us on 01772 830777

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

This course is BASES endorsed (British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences) and we have links with numerous sports clubs including Wigan Warriors RLFC, Preston Swimming Club and Bolton Wanderers FC and with the NHS and HeartBeat NW.

Wigan Warriors RLFC offer two or three internships per year which are available to students on the course. These students often go on to work at Wigan Warriors RLFC after graduation.


Learning Environment and Assessment

The course is designed to give you a firm understanding of the concepts and issues underpinning sport and exercise physiology, and to apply these in a vocational context. It should be regarded as vocationally relevant as opposed to purely vocational or academic. The object is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to function in a variety of workplaces.

A variety of assessment methods are used to asses your progress including coursework, case studies, presentations, examinations and reflective portfolios.


Many go on into careers as sport scientists, performance consultants and coaches with a wide range of sports teams and clubs. Fitness instructors or careers in the public sector and the military have also been options in the past. Routes into teaching are also an option.

You’ll be offered a 60-hour work placement as part of the course. Many work with elite athletes as part of this.


Excellent laboratory facilities are allied to superb library and other learning resources. Sport and exercise participation and facilities are also excellent.

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